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Ex-North Yorkshire police officer admits cancer fraud

Rachel Hewitt
Image caption Hewitt admitted lying to colleagues about her daughter's health

A former North Yorkshire police officer who took time off work after lying about her daughter having cancer has admitted fraud.

Rachel Hewitt, 39, of Pontefract, West Yorkshire, admitted she had falsely claimed her daughter was ill between 2009 and October 2011.

Hewitt also pleaded guilty at Hull Crown Court to a charge of misconduct in a public office.

She was given unconditional bail and will be sentenced on 6 June.

Hewitt, who was a serving officer with the North Yorkshire force at the time of the offences, denied a further charge of fraud relating to a request for a career break to look after her daughter.

Simon Batiste, prosecuting, said her pleas were acceptable and the charge which she denied would not be proceeded with.

Judge Michael Mettyear agreed to a request from Heidi Cotton, defending, for the case to be adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

No further details of the offences were given in court.

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